Promise school students learn helpful lesson while aiding New Jersey students

AMORY – If you listen to the pre-Kindergarteners at West Amory Elementary School tell of their latest good deed, the explanation may only be a phase or two at a time, but the

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SANDY DONATIONS – Students in Stephanie Deavens and Natural Standifer’s pre-Kindergarten class at West Amory Elementary School hold up donations they’re making to children impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

point is taken.
Pre-K students in the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative’s promise schools in Amory, Smithville, Hatley and Hamilton all raised money through chores to purchase items for students affected by Superstorm Sandy.
“When I was employed in Washington, D.C., I met the early childhood director for New Jersey. Following Sandy, I contacted him to see how we could help and he suggested we send donations to the Jersey City School District,” said Cathy Grace, early childhood coordinator for the Gilmore Foundation.
The students raised chore money for cleaning their rooms, helping cook and wash clothes.
“We decided it would also be a valuable lesson in helping the children understand the importance of earning dollars. They all asked their parents what chores they could do to earn money to purchase these items. We wanted them involved to talk about the situation as well,” Grace said.
Some of the items sent to New Jersey.

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SANDY DONATIONS – Students in Sabrina Standifer and Cindy Parrish’s pre-Kindergarten class at West Amory Elementary School hold up donations they’re making to child who lost possessions by Superstorm Sandy include games like Checkers and Bingo, number cards and other games teaching vocabulary skills.

To further understand the impact of Superstorm Sandy, the students watched footage of the storm’s damage on the classrooms’ smart boards.
The items sent to New Jersey were gi

ft wrapped and accompanied by drawings the promise school students made.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.